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Explosion At Pakistan Market Kills 15, Leaves 50 Wounded

The bomb went off in Parachinar, a town in the country's northwest tribal region, as crowds of people visited a weekly market Sunday.

Posted on December 13, 2015, at 5:40 a.m. ET

At least 15 people are dead and 50 wounded after a bomb went off in a crowded market in Pakistan Sunday.

UPDATE: Death toll of blast at marketplace in Pakistan's Parachinar rises to 15. https://t.co/s245q42ORo

The explosion happened in Parachinar, a town in the country's northwest tribal region, as crowds of people visited a weekly market, Al Jazerra reported.

Hospital sources told Pakistani television network DawnNews the death toll could rise as at least 47 people were injured and 15 were in critical condition.

At this point it is unclear whether the blast was a suicide attack or a remote-controlled blast. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

A local official Amjad Ali said the number of victims could increase as security forces investigate the blast, CNN reported.

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz condemned the attacks in a statement.

"Our resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism is getting stronger and stronger with the loss of innocent lives and sacrifices of army and law enforcement officials," he said.

"This fight is an irreversible process until this terrorism is rooted out from country," the prime minister said.